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Newbie - 2nd floor addition - exterior design help needed

Posted by Teacher_Guy (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 22, 14 at 10:15

Hi- I'm a single teacher w/ no design sense building a second floor addition to a 760 sq ft per level and would appreciate ANY exterior design advice.

- I have red brick 1st floor w/ basement, will have siding second floor (colour?) - faces NE.

- 1st floor - kitchen is on left and recessed living room on right, Pan shows recessed second floor (left) but want even front (each window (white) is a bedroom (exterior shutters? colours?). Thinking they should match design/colour of 1st floor windows (bigger?).

- Should I counter lever second floor to extend forward 3-4 ft? Might look top heavy (porch roof might disguise that???).

- Thinking about an elevated window between upper windows (centered over front door for balance (stained glass? - front door isn't but has a bevelled glass design).

- Not sure about roof design/colour or trim colour either. Paved driveway to the left.

- Keep sliding door to kitchen there or replace w/ window to make small kitchen bigger?

I've posted plans (question marks indicate should I use them too). Thanks for any input...really thanks!


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RE: Newbie - 2nd floor addition - exterior design help needed

If you're going to introduce asymmetric detailing to the home, it would help if the entry was off center to balance the look. It's currently imbalanced because it tries too hard for symmetry with the wrong details.


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RE: Newbie - 2nd floor addition - exterior design help needed

I would do everything I could to make it not look like an addition so keep the windows and the trim and the door all the same style. Use the same trim color top and bottom to help unite the two.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bart's remodel


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RE: Newbie - 2nd floor addition - exterior design help needed

It would help a lot to see photos of the existing house and a floor plan. :)


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RE: Newbie - 2nd floor addition - exterior design help needed

Palimpsest - I tried to upload this before but it would only accept one pix. I'll try to post floor plan but basically kitchen to our left, living room to our right, small washroom - middle left and tow bedrooms at back of house.

Hope this helps and thanks for the thoughts.


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RE: Newbie - 2nd floor addition - exterior design help needed

Palimpsest - I tried to upload this before but it would only accept one pix. I'll try to post floor plan but basically kitchen to our left, living room to our right, small washroom - middle left and tow bedrooms at back of house.

Hope this helps and thanks for the thoughts.


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RE: Newbie - 2nd floor addition - exterior design help needed

Here is the present floor plan as requested.

Thank again for any help


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RE: Newbie - 2nd floor addition - exterior design help needed

How about something we can read?


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RE: Newbie - 2nd floor addition - exterior design help needed

I blew it up and cropped it. It's blurry but you can kind of get an idea of scale from the 5' bathtub.


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RE: Newbie - 2nd floor addition - exterior design help needed

I would probably do a front facing gable as on the original house, and consider putting a window over the front door or centering a larger window over the window and door on the first floor, rather than having the window to the left sit asymmetrically.

The porch roof is not correct as drawn. The right side will come up further onto the second floor façade because it is deeper and there is more porch to cover. That will affect sill height on that window.


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